I thoroughly enjoyed all seven of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books. I was pretty sure that I would somehow learn how the series ended before I read the 7th book because I was in my last week of summer school when the book was released and didn’t plan on starting it until a week after it was released. Before I started reading, my wife and brother had finished the book but I had managed to avoid any spoilers. The day after the book was released I was having lunch with some friends and despite my protestations, one continued to try to talk to my wife about the first 100 pages which he had read. Of course my wife started the book at 5pm Saturday and finished it around 4:30am Sunday morning. So I began reading in earnest the following weekend and….
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I absolutely loved the book. In a USA Today article, in response to finishing the book, Rowling said : “I’ve never felt such a mixture of extreme emotions in my life, never dreamed I could feel simultaneously heartbroken and euphoric.” As a reader I can relate to her feelings, but of course not on such a deep level.
Rowling masterfully ended the series and the terror of Lord Voldemort with the selfless, loving, self-sacrificing actions of Harry. Rowling has such a wonderful ability to develop rich, un-perfect but lovable characters while telling an engrossing story. My favorite part of the book was near the end when all the ‘good guys’ were gathering for the battle of Hogwarts. The esprit de corps buoyed Harry and the cause for the greater good and perhaps provided the resolve Harry required to go to the forest to meet his death and entrust his friends to complete the destruction of the Horcruxes. Of course it was Harry’s willingness to sacrifice himself that saved him.
Author Paul Sweeney said “You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.” What does it make the book when finishing it makes you feel like you’ve lost about a dozen friends?